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“I will never quit dancing”. The emotional experiences of social dancing among older persons
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1532-8474
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5521-1209
2019 (English)In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 1879-193X, article id 100786Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

Research on dancing in later life has mainly focused on the health-promoting effects of dance, including aspects of well-being, while studies focusing on emotions are rare. The purpose of this article is therefore to contribute to research on older people's dancing through examining emotions in social dancing. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 44 older persons. The analysis shows how successful interaction rituals create positive emotions such as joy and pride and contribute to emotional energy. However, there are also unsuccessful interaction rituals which contribute to negative emotions of sadness and anger. These negative emotions can drain emotional energy, but, importantly for this study, they may also contribute to a forceful counter-energy which motivates the interviewees to try again. We discuss these patterns as emotional energy tropism and as negative emotional energy and positive emotional energy working together. The study provides insight into how and why dancing feels good as well as why older people do not give up dancing despite setbacks. Overall, the study contributes to research discussions about emotions in gray dancing as well as sociology of emotions.

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Elsevier, 2019. article id 100786
Keywords [en]
Dancing, Emotional energy, Emotional energy tropism, Interaction rituals, Negative emotions, Older people, Positive emotions
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-72515DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2019.100786OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-72515DiVA, id: diva2:1324213
Available from: 2019-06-13 Created: 2019-06-13 Last updated: 2019-06-14Bibliographically approved

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